I'm currently an elementary music teacher in the far western suburbs of Chicago. I have also taught elementary classroom, middle school music, gifted education and other subjects at public, private and classical schools over the past 24 years. I am constantly reflecting on my practice to keep my instruction innovative and fresh!
I like my students to be excited, engaged and encouraged. My classroom is rarely silent; I prefer that the students be up and moving, working with each other productively, and as much as possible engaging in authentic learning experiences. I am a motivator and champion for each of my students, helping them to find their gifts and make the most of them!
I graduated Cum Laude with Honors from Illinois State University, and have never received less than an excellent teaching evaluation. I have done graduate work in gifted ed, dyslexia, and middle school education.
BS in Ed (Elementary Classroom) from ISU Grad work in gifted ed, dyslexia, middle school ed (ISU, NIU, U California Hayward, Benedictine U) and a variety of courses in Common Core, PLC's and Charlotte Danielson
My two children are 19 and 22. My daughter recently graduated from Aurora University with a degree in Psychology, and my son is in Sports Communications at Bradley University. Although my daughter is dyslexic, she and my son both graduated high school with honors. I am passionate about letting people know that dyslexia is not a disability but a brain difference found in many of the world's most gifted people!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Music, Music Composition, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Drama, Other (Specialty), Geography, Other (ELA), Literature, Writing, Poetry, Dance, Place Value